Pontefract League: Sandal step up the pace in bid for double triumph

Rothwell batsman Tony Gardner.
Rothwell batsman Tony Gardner.
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DIVISION Two title-chasers Sandal face South Yorkshire League Sheffield Collegiate in the Supplementary Yorkshire Council Championship final at Carlton on Sunday.

The Wakefield side beat fellow Pontefract League club Stainborough on a faster scoring rate in a rain-hit semi-final.

Chasing Stainborough’s 218-9, Sandal were 65 without loss from 15 overs when the game was abandoned.

The previous day’s league match between the teams was also washed out.

Danny Riley (89) led Sandal to 216-9 and Stainborough were 17-1 when the heavens opened.

Sandal remain level on points at the top of Division Two with Brook-Walton, who were handily placed against Hatfield when the weather intervened.

Alwyn Dyke (5-50), Robert Williams (2-12) and Kevin Watson (2-34) toppled Hatfield for 137 and Brook’s reply started excellently, with openers Dyke (38no) and Ryan Lethbridge (20no) putting on 63 in 13 overs.

Knottingley’s revival ended when they lost by five wickets to Rothwell in the division’s only completed game.

Brett Russell (4-11), Liam Toole (3-24) and Jamie Pennington (3-20) skittled Knottingley for 93, despite Matthew Stones’s 34. Opener Tony Gardner finished unbeaten on 42 as Rothwell knocked off the runs.

Play started in all six Division One matches but none were completed.

Simon Abdy bagged five wickets at the cost of just one run as leaders Fairburn bowled out bottom side Nostell for 96.

Fairburn are four points clear of closest rivals South Kirkby, who recovered from 43-5 to reach 133-9 in a rain-ruined match against Askern.

Fairburn, South Kirkby and Monk Bretton all lost in the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship quarter-finals.

Brothers Jake (25) and Guy Abdy (24) gave Fairburn a solid start against Central Yorkshire League leaders Methley before Dan Broadbent (4-12) and Ben Waite (3-32) sent them collapsing from 53-1 to 100 all out.

Methley won by three wickets, despite Guy Abdy’s 5-39.

South Yorkshire League Treeton skittled South Kirkby for 77, with just Dean Woolsey (17) and Ritchie Bresnan (15) reaching double figures.

Bresnan (4-22) raised Kirkby’s hopes when he reduced Treeton’s reply to 26-4 but Greg Norton (38no) saw them home.

Monk Bretton lost to Aston Hall, for whom Adam Whiteley (67) and Joe Barker (51) shared an opening 116-run stand.

Whitley Bridge were denied victory against Division Three promotion rivals Hundhill Hall.

Mathew Draper (6-10) routed Hundhill for 81 and Whitley were 79-7 when rain struck.